ANALYTICAL STUDIES ON ION PROPULSION
ROCKETDYNE CANOGA PARK CA
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Analyses of major problems associated with components of the ion rocket engine system have been made. Component studies include electrical power generation systems, thermal power conversion, and accelerating electrode configurations. Analyses of ion beam dynamics, propellant materials, radiation damage to working fluid for a nuclear power plant, and missions using low-thrust vehicles are presented. Interpretation of these analyses is made in terms of engine design parameters.
- Electric and Ion Propulsion